S0749. HUNGARIAN QUARTET (Koromzay, Palotai, Székely & Moszkowski): Quartet #2 in A (Arriaga) - Broadcast Performance, 1950, Paris; Quartet #6 (Bartók); Quartet in B-flat, Op.18, #6 (Beethoven) - Live Performance, 21 July, 1961, Menton, France. (Canada) St Laurent Studio YSL T-895. Transfers by Yves St Laurent.
"The Hungarian String Quartet was formed in 1935. It survived with surprisingly few personnel changes for several decades, traveling widely, performing and teaching, all the while developing an enviable reputation. Székely was a friend of Béla Bartók's, and the group became rapidly known by giving the Hungarian premiere performance of the Bartok 5th Quartet, which it studied with the composer. By 1938, the group had been heard in every major city of Western Europe.
During the war they were trapped in the Netherlands, and devoted the period to the intensive study of the Beethoven quartets, which were subsequently launched upon the world in the brilliant career which the group achieved after 1945. In 1950 they settled in the USA. In around 1956 the cello, and around 1960 the second violin desk, were reassigned, and in this new form the Quartet continued to maintain its busy programme of performance until 1972, while also undertaking teaching positions and the coaching of younger instrumentalists. In 1957, the newly configured Quartet performed in Boston for the Peabody Mason Concert series."